The packaging is good, protecting already well packed chips with a stiff padded plastic wallet. The chips escaped French import duty, probably because the amount due was less than it would cost to collect.
It took 5 minutes to unscrew the back off the Macbook and after spudging up the battery connector for safety, a further 2 minutes to snap the old 2 x 4GB memory chips out and drop the new ones in. I spent 3 minutes reconnecting the battery and vacuuming up old dust and particles before screwing the back on again.
Within 15 minutes of starting, the MBP was up and running and a quick check in "About This Mac" showed that both new chips were recognised. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only source of functional 8GB chips for this model of MBP and anyone interested may safely ignore any warnings they read that 2 x 4GB chips is the maximum that the mid 2010 MBP can handle.
I don't have any strict benchmark checks to run comparisons before and after and this will come with experience. I expect to see faster performance in Photoshop especially with less switching between memory and hd. The Activity Monitor shows CPU usage much lower than before, but of course, this is in % and the capacity is now double. Since I installed Sierra, the fan had been coming on a lot, but so far, one day on, it has not cut in once.
My 13 inch MBP mid 2010 is a work-horse (graphics and e-book formatting) and travels a lot, whilst its 15inch retina stays unscratched at home. Compared to its original 4GB memory and 250GB spinning hard drive, it now has 16GB memory and a 1TB SSD. I am extremely happy with this latest upgrade which is a lot cheaper than buying a new model.I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:
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Perfect, I finally installed Sierra.I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:
The installation video was very helpful. I used another computer to follow with the video. This company has been highly recommended by others who are very involved with computing, relying on them for performance. I'm very happy to have found this company as recommended by others and won't hesitate to do the same. This really helps make my investment in a Mac Product worthwhile for years to come.I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:
I bought from MacSales since they are a reputable business and I've had trouble in the past with parts from eBay that didn't work. I fitted the RAM very easily and low and behold the upgrade indeed doubled the speed on my machine.
Needless to say, I'm thrilled! This upgrade has saved me the money I would have spent on a new machine, and the hours spent transferring over all the data / license keys / setting it up.
It has been brilliant, I don't often post reviews but I wanted to in case anyone has any reservations about it working, in light of Apple's advice. It definitely can be upgraded and very noticeably speeds the system up. It's as fast as my laptop which has a SSD. Thank you!I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos: